The Causes Of World War I

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As history shows, a war can be a detrimental cause of loss of life, property and spirit. Unfortunately for the entire world, there have been two mass world wars throughout history. The first world war happened between July 1914 and November 1918. There were a couple of causes to why this war started, but the immediate cause of it would be because of the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Although this was the immediate cause, other factors also came into play as to why the war began. These factors include: the alliances made during the war, imperialism, militarism and nationalism. When looking at it from a whole perspective, World War I began because of these factors and without them, there may have not been a world war. In June 1914, World War I began because of the assassination of the Archduke of Austria. The Archduke was assassinated by a Serbian Nationalist that goes by the name of Gavrilo Princip. On the account of the Archduke being assassinated by a Serbian Nationalist, this act sparked controversy and madness throughout Europe. The …show more content…
All of the countries had alliances with each other before hand and because of this, when one country fought, they all fought. Since Europe is so closely compacted, it was easy for the alliances to immediately take part within the war. As soon as the war started, all hell broke loose and people began to die shortly after. There really was no precursor to the war, when it began it began and blood was spilled. “The diplomatic maneuvers during the five weeks that followed the assassination have been called the ‘tragedy of miscalculation’” (Coles, P. 652). When looking at this from a history standpoint, much of the war could have been avoided, but because of the assassination and the alliances that were formed before hand, when the war began it was already too late to stop

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